Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
British Tour 1973
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
An Inspired Orchestra!
John Tapscott | Canada | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Stan Kenton orchestra of the early 70's was a juggernaut of inspiration and musical creativity. One of the high points was surely the band's tour of Britain in early 1973. No less than 5 CD's of music from that 16 British day tour have been released. The best-known of them is "Birthday in Britain" on Creative World but the others (3 on Status and this one on Magic) are at least equal to "Birthday", if not better.
I have been critical of Magic in the past for releasing Kenton recordings of poor sound quality, but there is no problem with the sound on this one. It is very good and certainly enhances one's enjoyment of the music.
There are several older selections from the Kenton "book" here, such as "Artisty in Rhythm", "Interlude" and the fastest version of "Intermission Riff" I have ever heard. But the emphasis is on newer compositions, such as Bill Holman's "Daily Dance", Hank Levy's "Ambivalence", and Ken Hanna's "Fragments of a Portrait." The performances here may not be quite as polished as those on "Birthday" but they are perhaps played with even more fire and intensity. The solo team is strong, and once again the wonderful alto saxophonist John Park is well-featured. The rhythm section of John Worster, bass, Peter Erskine drums, and Ramon Lopez, percussion, is especially outstanding, and just burns through "Malaga" and "Daily Dance". Kenton talks and sings in an hilarious version of "St. James Infrimary" which is different enough from the Butler U. CD version to make it worth hearing.
Kenton went on to lead bands through 1978, but this orchestra from early '73 may have been his last truly "great" (as opposed to "very good") band.
Kenton fans can add this 72 minute CD to their collections without hestitation."
A Must for Kenton & John Park fans
Ralph Hasty | Springfield, MO United States | 02/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is music I didn't even know existed. I've heard the Birthday In Britain but didn't know there was more music recorded on that tour that isn't on the "Birthday" album.
This treasure has some of the best Kenton you'll ever hear with alto sax solos by John Park that are magnificently creative. I heard John play when he was 18 years old and knew he'd someday be one of the best. He surely was!"